Assistant Librarian/Coordinator of Reference Services

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University of South Carolina Upstate Library
Spartanburg, SC
Job Description: 

Faculty position to teach on the Spartanburg and/or Greenville campus. 12-month, tenure-track faculty reporting directly to Library Dean. Coordinates the daily operations of an active reference services program: physical reference desk, text, chat, & telephone; provides for an innovative reference environment, stays abreast of issues & trends; shares, provides, & conducts professional development opportunities for library colleagues, including regular training updates; facilitates discussion of ideas to improve/modify reference services. Supervises, trains, & evaluates a pool of part-time librarians who participate in providing reference services. Maintains expertise in all areas of reference; a “student first” attitude towards services, operations, and procedures; monitors communication logs for all reference services. Participates in analysis, testing, & decisions about new electronic products and services. Prepares the reference desk schedule & resolves emergency scheduling changes; participates in the reference desk schedule, including weekend and evening rotation. Serves as liaison to at least one disciplinary area, including collection development & information literacy instruction. Participates in information literacy instruction program, including teaching sessions for first-year composition classes and University 101, with option to teach the Library’s credit-bearing information literacy course. Develops LibGuides for services and liaison areas.


Required: Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program; at least two years’ experience in an academic library At least two years’ experience in providing reference services in numerous formats; at least two years’ experience in library instruction and in collection development; at least one year experience in supervision and evaluation of personnel; in-depth knowledge of both print and electronic reference sources; proficiency in database searching, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Springshare (LibGuides, etc.) and SharePoint. Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff and others; strong interest in scholarly activity (publications, presentations, etc.); excellent written and oral communications skills. Detail oriented. Preferred: Additional graduate degree(s) an asset Evidence of scholarly activities (publications, presentations, etc.)

How to Apply: 

Complete and submit the on-line academic application that can be accessed by clicking, “Apply for this Posting” at this link: -- (Only applications submitted through the online application process will be considered; therefore, it is necessary to hit the submit button after completing the application. A confirmation number will be issued when the process has been successfully completed. In addition to the online application, the following materials must be submitted either electronically or via mail: letter of application, a signed copy of the online application, vita, three current, dated, signed, and on official letterhead letters of recommendation, copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and any additional materials. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Official transcripts will be required before hire date as well as a background check.